Coast Guard responds to distress cases near Rodeo and San Francisco

25ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Coast Guard rescued one person from the water after his boat sank near Rodeo, and medevaced a man from a 30-foot sailboat near Treasure Island Monday afternoon.

Personnel at the Phillips 66 facility in Rodeo contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco command center watchstanders at approximately 3:15 p.m., reporting a 10-foot sailboat capsized, leaving one person in the water without a life jacket.

Sector command center personnel issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Vallejo to assist.

The RBS crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:37 p.m., retrieved the person from the water and took him to Station Vallejo with no reported injuries.

In another incident, a good Samaritan aboard a recreational vessel contacted Sector San Francisco watchstanders reporting that the operator of the 30-foot sailboat, Rolling Thunder, was lying on the deck, clinching his chest and yelling for help near Treasure Island in San Francisco at approximately 4:50 p.m.

Watchstanders dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station San Francisco to assist.

The boatcrew arrived on scene at approximately 5:05 p.m., transferred the man from the sailboat and took him to Pier 40, where he was transferred to San Francisco Fire Department personnel.

Later in the evening, at approximately 7 p.m., a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station San Francisco came across a capsized kayak with two people in the water near pier 40. The RB-S crew retrieved the two people and the kayak and transferred them ashore at pier 40.

“The Coast Guard stresses safety and proper safety equipment to all boaters and beachgoers every day of the year,” said Joesph Ford, the command duty officer for the Sector San Francisco command center. “Additional boating traffic on the Fourth of July increases the chances of maritime emergencies on the water. Good Samaritans who notify the Coast Guard of a distress situation on the water can greatly reduce the Coast Guard’s response time, which in some cases, can mean the difference between life or death.”

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